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The Rays’ Move in New Acquisition

The Rays made a significant move that eventually lead to their success when they acquired Chaz Roe. Due the unclaimed through waivers and a lat strain, Roe has recovered after a long DL stay. He will go to Triple-A Durham, where the Rays will confirm his ability of what he demonstrated during the previous five seasons in the majors. Kevin Cash; the team’s manager said it was going to be a great mix since they were not used to throwing several balls in the bullpen, something that Roe has the experience to do.

With the top target being Justin Wilson of Detroit LHP, the Rays are consulting with many teams concerning bullpen help while casting a wide net, some rentals like Pittsburgh LHP Tony Watson and Pat Neshek of Philadelphia RPH are included. This calls for a high acquisition cost that includes Hunter Strickland of San Francisco and a right-handed bat that they are looking for. They have clarified that they feel good about the new members and are interested in their options that will be there in Durham.

The 30-year-old Roe previously played for Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Orioles, and the Rays will made great achievements by acquiring him. Meanwhile, Logan Morrison was honored to be selected by the MLB Players Alumni Association as the winner of the Rays’ Hustle and Heart Award, embodying the game’s traditions, values, and spirits. According to him, however, his focus his not on the award but that the Rays should win more games as he plays harder.

Will Rays Trade for Bullpen Help?

Tampa Bay is only a couple of games out of first place in the AL East, and right on their heels are the New York Yankees. With the race for the division crown red hot, the Bronx Bombers have put a huge amount of pressure on both the first place Red Sox and the Rays with their trade that brought slugging third baseman Todd Frazier and pitcher David Robertson (2.70 ERA, 13 saves) to the team. The pressure is now on Tampa Bay to try and do something to bolster its roster for the stretch run.

One area the Rays are looking at is their bullpen. Yes, Alex Colome has 28 saves, but his 3.71 ERA is a bit high for a closer. Tommy Hunter has done a tremendous job paving the way for Colome with a 1.88 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 28 innings. The rest of the bullpen, however, is suffering from sky high ERAs.

So who can help? One possibility is Philadelphia’s lone All-Star Pet Neshek. He’s 3-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 38 innings. He’s also being targeted by Boston, so Tampa Bay may have to be quick to pull a trigger on any deal for Neshek.

Another pitcher in Tampa Bay’s sights is Justin Wilson. The Detroit closer is 3-3 with a 2.29 ERA and ten saves. With their recent trade of J.D. Martinez to Arizona, the Tigers have shown they are in fire sale mode and willing to deal their top talent. Your text to link…

No doubt one or both of these pitchers will help Tampa Bay’s bullpen, and perhaps give them the edge in the American League East race. The question is, who must the Rays give up to get them?

NHL: After Leaving New York, Dan Girardi Seeks to Prove He Can Still Contribute in Tampa

Last season, NHL Defenseman Dan Girardi was at a crossroads in his career. After an 11-year career with the New York Rangers, Girardi was being “bought out” by the team. Girardi knew he still had a lot left in the tank, so he signed a 2-year, $6 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Of course, for the Rangers it was strictly a business decision. Injuries and the speed of the game have taken their toll on Girardi, per Yahoo Sports Tampa Bay.

Even though Girardi believes he did not leave New York on the best terms, he is a man on a mission. He is seeking to prove that even though his ice time has decreased significantly from 2012 on he can still be competitive for his new term. Even though he only received 26 minutes per game in 2011 and then had that number drop to 25:24, 23:07, 22:41, 20:19 and then 19:06, the Lightning believe that with the right young players around him Girardi can still be an asset to his new team.

Simply put, Girardi is hungry. He has recuperated well from his injuries and continues to train each and every day for his new role with the Lightning. He is on record for saying that he feels “100% great.” Ask Girardi, and he will tell you that there are definitely advantages and disadvantages to staying with one team for a long period. Unfortunately, the trap one can fall in is getting into “cruise control” and getting used to things the way they are.

Now that Girardi has something to prove, we can expect that his productivity numbers will go up, not down. Tampa Bay Lightning fans can definitely look forward to some productive play from Girardi. It is truly the Ranger’s loss.

Ondrej Palat: A Great New Contract

Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Lightning has recently signed a new five year contract. The Lightning is very keen on keeping Palat in Tampa. Palat’s increasing skill and talent provide the team with great hope and faith that the Lightning will perform much better than previous seasons.

Fan explains contract and what it means for the Lighting’s upcoming season.

It is pretty obvious that Palat likes this deal. His new five year contract includes $26.5 million, more than what the average deal usually provides. Palat believes that accepting this contract will help him perform better than he usually does during games. The contract assures him that he will be somewhere for an extended amount of time. It also prevents him from worrying of being traded with.

The Lightning’s general manager, Steve Yzerman, decided that his team’s roster needed to be looked over during the team’s off-season. Yzerman determined that some things needed to readjusted. Lighting’s forward, Jonathan Drouin, was traded for Mikhail Sergachev. Also, the veteran players, Chris Kunitz and Dan Girardi, were added to the team.

Both Girardi and Kunitz have a great amount of experience in the hockey rink. The two players together, have played 283 post-season games combined. Yzerman is confident that these twos players will make the Lightning much more sturdy in this upcoming season. These new adjustments to the team, are most likely going to be very beneficial. Yzerman expects that the team should expect a sharp increase in its performance and coordination in future games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Look to Take Next Step Forward

During the 2016 NFL season several teams took a step closer to the playoffs. One team that looked to make one of the biggest steps forward were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After having several years with poor records, the 2016 team ended up winning nine games and losing just seven. This record had them in contention for the playoffs all year, although they ended up finishing just shy of qualifying. While the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were very good and improved, some believe that they could take an even bigger step forward next year (http://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/4373853/tampa-bay-buccaneers-why-they-are-super-bowl-contenders/).

While many people believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still a few years away from making a deep playoff run, others believe that they have as good a chance as any NGC team of winning the conference and going to the Super Bowl. One of the main reasons why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considered a favorite to make the playoffs and advance to the Super Bowl is that they will be returning their star quarterback Jameis Winston. In just his second year last year, Winston looked like a Pro Bowl player that had the ability to gain the respect of teammates and opponents.

Another reason why the 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers could take another step forward is that they have a much improved offense with several new key skill players. During the offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to sign wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who previously had Pro Bowl seasons with the Eagles and Redskins. They also were considered one of the winners of the draft when they were able to grab OJ Howard in the middle of the first round. Howard was previously a dominant tight end for the University of Alabama. They also made a few key defensive improvements to help reduce opponent scoring.

The Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Dan Girardi

The Lightning just signed defenseman and NHL veteran Dan Girardi to play for them. The contract is $6 million for two years.

Prior to that, he played 63 games for the New York Rangers, an average of 20 minutes per game. He scored four goals and gets credit for 11 assists. This level of performance did not match the goals of his contract with the Rangers, so they bought him out.

The Lightning still need depth in their blue line. They still have only five NHL defensemen. Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman will continue to play the biggest roles for the Lightning. Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman are former Rangers teammates of his.

Girardi’s seven-year-old son Landon was happy at the change because he wanted Steven Stamkos’s autograph. Fortunately, Stamkos texted Girardi a big welcome to the team, and told Girardi to let him know if Stamkos could do anything for him. He probably was not expecting a request for his autograph.

Giradi is 6 feet, 1 inches tall and weighs 212 pounds. At the age of 33, he has played in 788 regular season games and 122 playoff games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning also signed Chris Kunitz as forward. Kunitz has earned four Stanley Cup rings. He won two playing with Pittsburgh in the past two years.

The Lightning general manager Steve Izerman said that signing Kunitz and Girardi would make their defense stronger than it was last season. It would bring an element of abrasiveness. That would make them harder to play against.

Girardi said he is a team-first type of guy. He doesn’t look for fights, but he sticks up for his teammates. He plays hard and finishes checks. He says he does not like playing against Kunitz. This implies he will enjoy playing on the same team on Kunitz. Kunitz is a tough player who goes straight up against the opponents and scores goals.

Tampa Bay Rays on the Rise

The Tampa Bay Rays are on the rise once again. While other teams wonder who they are, the Rays know. As a matter of fact, they have known their identity for most of the last decade which has led to a consistency when other teams ride highs and lows. It is also the reason they are once again battling the powerful Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the American League East. With a modest $70 million payroll, they are smart because they know who they are and stay within themselves.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports has them moving into his Top Ten MLB Power Rankings this week ahead of the Yankees. He explains his reasoning in this video clip https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb-power-rankings-surprise-al-east-contender-172241269.html . It’s easy to agree with the points he makes.

Chief among his reasons is their consistent and powerful offense led by Logan Morrison, Steven Souza, Jr, and Corey Dickerson. Morrison has 26 home runs, Souza has 18, and All-Star starter Dickerson has 17. They make a combined $6 million or so and have 61 homers not a hundred games into the season. Their pitching rotation features Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, and Jake Odorizzi. It has the second best ERA in the American League behind the Houston Astros. They play solid defense, don’t hurt themselves, win more than they lose, and keep themselves in the pennant race against the behemoths in the division.

The Rays are rising by knowing who they are. They pay their players what they can, create a consistent culture, embrace their identity, and remain true to themselves. They aren’t flashy but they are good. And while everyone else had their eyes focused on the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays are on the rise once again.

Tampa Bay Rays acquire reliever for the stretch run

The Tampa Bay Rays find themselves in the somewhat unfamiliar position of being buyers at the trade deadline. The franchise, which was moribund when it first came into the league, then a contender under Joe Maddon had been going back to being mostly an also ran until this season. The Rays are currently second in the AL East and just two games out of first place. The team sits at 50-44 entering Tuesday’s play. The Rays are also in first place when it comes to the AL Wildcard race.

Because they are indeed poised for the post season, the team has made a trade for a reliever in order to help them with the stretch run. Tampa acquired Char Roe from the Atlanta Braves and the Rays didn’t even have to give up much of anything to get him. In exchange for Roe, the team sent back cash considerations.

Before he does help the team in the stretch run, he’ll have to believe he belongs in the major leagues. Roe was not on the Braves major league roster before the trade and Tampa has said he will be added to their AAA Durham Bulls roster. While he might be having to fight his way back to the major league roster this year, when he’s been able to get people out, he’s really been able to get people out.

In 2016, over a very small sample size of just 60 right handed batters, he mowed through them as though he were a hot knife through butter. The Rays have said this isn’t likely the kind of move that is going to put them over the top, but it might be one that adds some depth. If Roe could find the thing that made him so successful in 2016, he could be a sleeper.

Rays Continue Playoff Push

So far during the 2017 MLB season, the Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the most surprising teams in the league. The Rays came into the season looking like they would have a rebuilding year. This was largely due to the very competitive AL East division, which includes the Yankees and Red Sox. While the Rays were not expected to do much this year, they have surprised a lot of people who now believe this could end up being a very big year for the team (http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/martin-chronicles/is-this-a-special-rays-season/2330857).

Through the first half of the year, the Rays are sitting in second place in the division with a record of 51 wins and 44 losses. They are currently two games behind the Red Sox and a few games ahead of the Yankees. While the Rays will have a lot of work to do the rest of the year, they have a lot of opportunities to take over first place in the division and advance to the playoffs. If they are not able to win the division, they also look like they could be in good shape to win one of the two Wild Card spots. The Rays are currently 2.5 games up in those standings.

Much of the reason for the good season that the Rays have put forth so far is due to their young talent. Logan Morrison has proven that he is one of the top young stars in the game. He currently has 26 homers and more than 60 RBIs, each of which put him in the running for the league lead. They also have some great pitchers, which include Alex Cobb and Chris Archer. Both of these pitchers are looking as if they would help the Rays win a playoff series if they are able to advance that far.

Rays Beat Blue Jays With Homers

The Tampa Bay Rays did what they have done so often this season in the opening game of their series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays hit home runs to eventually seal an 8-1 victory. The team is quickly becoming known as one of the most powerful teams in baseball with a lineup that pitchers should be very cautious of. Taylor Featherston got the fireworks started right away by blasting a home run to start the third inning. Logan Morrison continued his transformation into one of the most feared hitters in the game by hitting homer number 18 on the year.

 

One of the most pleasant surprises for the Rays this year was the starting performance they got from Jacob Faria. He shut down the Blue Jays bats in only the second start of his career. He gave up just a single run while pitching six innings. Rays manager Kevin Cash could not have been happier with this young starter. Cash praised Faria’s composure because he did not show any nervousness.

 

Marco Estrada did not have as good a time on the mound for the opposing team. He continued to struggle as he has all season. His ERA is around 4.50 and he has failed to keep the Jays in many of his starts. Estrada failed to get out of the 4th inning against the Rays. This is his shortest start of the year so far. Despite his very poor outing, Estrada was not dejected when he was interviewed after the game. He said that he is confident that things will turn around for him this year.

 

Rays manager Kevin Cash said it is always a good thing to get a win in the first game of a series when you are playing a good team on the road. He has been pleased by the way his team has been playing as of late. He expects his team to have a dynamite second half of the season.